National Road Race Championship: Thomas wins in Sky 1-2-3 while Pooley takes women's race
Wins for Thomas and Pooley as big teams dominate at Nationals

Team Sky secured a clean sweep of the podium positions in the men's national road race championship in Pendle with Geraint Thomas taking the national jersey, pipping team mate Peter Kennaugh in the final sprint with Ian Stannard just behind to take third. By the final lap the three Sky riders were out on their own and a clean sweep was a foregone conclusion, only the order was up for debate.

The Sky riders effectively destroyed the field. First they Sigma Sport Specialized's Simon Richardson to bridge up to Jeremy Hunt's initial break and then towards the end of the fifth of 12 laps with the break having a minute on the rest of the field,upping the pace again dropping first Richardson and then Hunt while behind them the chasing field wilted in the heat on a tough attritional course.

So total was their dominance that Sky team director, Dave Brailsford was able to pull alongside them on the final lap to congratulate them. Then it was on to the business of settling the final placings. Kennaugh and Thomas looked to be the stronger riders but Stannard certainly couldn't be counted out. Manxman Kennaugh tried to attack on the final climb where he and Thomas enjoyed a weight advantage over Stannard, but to no avail as the Welshman refused to be shaken off and by this stage it had become a two horse race and when it came to the final sprint the race and the title went to the Welshman.

Women's race
Team tactics and numbers also told in the women's race where Cervelo's Emma Pooley broke Nicole Cooke's nine year stranglehold on the national road race title today in Pendle in a race that was cut to half distance after a major crash on the first lap that led to the race being stopped for an hour while the casualties were ferried to hospital.

The crash and restart didn't affect Pooley's approach to the race, which involved taking the fight to Cooke from the off and using the advantage of having two other Cervelo riders in the field to good effect. Her approach paid off handsomely with Pooley and team mate Lizzie Armistead pulling of a Cervelo one two, with Cooke coming home third for a top three that was a mirror image of 2009 result with Pooley and Cooke swapping places on the podium and Armistead coming second for the second successive year.

Pooley whose climbing prowess meant she was well suited to the conditions attacked on the first long hill, but a big further back in the peloton on the descent meant the race had to be stopped, according to reports on the British Cycling website such was the mayhem when disaster struck on the 50mph descent that riders off the back were struck by team cars.

When the race re-started Pooley again attacked and used her team mates Armistead and Sharon Laws to tire Cooke. When the lone Cooke bridged to Pooley the latter would do no work and when Pooley broke she had Armistead and Laws on hand to blunt the force of Cooke's efforts to get across, so that when the final attack came there was little the welsh woman could to stop it.

Top 30 2010 Men's National Road Race Championship 

1. Geraint Thomas,        Sky Pro Cycling           5.07.08

2. Peter Kennaugh,        Sky Pro Cycling                st

3. Ian Stannard,          Sky Pro Cycling             @2.20

4. Jeremy Hunt,           Cervelo Teast Team,         @7.59

5. Simon Richardson,      Sigma Sport Specialized     @8.23

6. David Clarke,          Pendragon-LeCol-Colnago    @10.41

7. Dan Flleman,           Raleigh RT                 @10.43

8. Andrew Fenn,           100% ME                    @13.56

9. Rob Partridge,         Endura Racing,             @17.45

10. Paul Esposti,         BCV

11. Chris Froome,         Sky Pro Cycling

12. Rhys Lloyd,           Pendragon-LeCol-Colnago    @1 lap

13. Kristian House,       Rapha Condor Sharp

14. Ross Creber,          Team Endura Racing 

15. Ben Greenwood,        Rapha Condor Sharp

16. Richard Cartland,     Team Corley Cycles

17. Douglas Dewey,        GWR

18. Thomas Swift-Metcalf, Palmeriras Resort

19. Steve Lampier,        Pendragon-LeCol-Colnago

20. Tim Kennaugh,         100% ME

21. Marcel Six,           Orbea For Goodness Shakes

22. Daniel Shand,         Raleigh

23. Mike Cumming,         Raleigh

24. David Lines,          Endura                    @ 2 laps

25. Matthew Stephens,     Sigma Sport Specialized

26. Kit Gilham,           Sigma Sport Specialized

27. James Williamson,     Sigma Sport Specialized

28. Gareth Montgomerie,   Sigma Sport Specialized

29. Will Bjergfelt,       Wilier-Big Maggies/Prendas

30. Paul Oldham,          Hope Factory Racing
31. Alistair Kay,         York Cycleworks

Top 20 2010 Women's National Road Race Championship

1. Emma Pooley,           Cervelo TT                1.28.59
2. Lizzie Armitstead, Cervelo TT, @8
3. Nicole Cooke, Nicolecooke.com st
4. Sharon Laws, Cervelo TT, st
5. Katie Colclough, 100% ME, @2.02
6. Emma Trott, Moving Ladies, @2.16
7. Natalie Creswick, Twickenham CC st
8. Kara Chesworth, Dysynni CC @3.32
9. Sara Storey, Horizon Fitness, @3.34
10. Joanna Rowsell, private member @5.39
11. Alli Holland, Maxgear RT
12. Corrine Hall, Team Corridori
13. Emma Silversides, Redsun Ladies Team
14. Michaelle Dillion, Private Member @5.45
15. Nicola Juniper, Cuclos Uno, @7.16
16. Lucy Martin, 100% ME @7.45
17. Helen Wyman, Kona FSA Factory Team st
18. Rebecca Curley, Rapha Condor CC
19. Jane Barr, Stirling BC
20. Leanne Thompson, Vanilla Bikes.com

Women's Under 23

1. Lizzie Armitstead,     Cervelo TT
2. Katie Colclough,       100% ME
3. Emma Trott,            Moving Ladies


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demoff [327 posts] 5 years ago

It was a great race to watch and the break away set a blistering pace.

Much will be made of the Sky 123 but mention must be made of Dave Clarke of Pendragon who had a fantastic ride digging deep trying to pull the breaks back and finishing in 6th place.

Chapeau Clarkey.

Simon E [2485 posts] 5 years ago

The pace in the men's race must have been red hot, House was lapped and some of the guys we've seen do well before were 2 laps down. Yikes!

Great wins for Thomas and Pooley  1

billiobob [54 posts] 5 years ago

Unfortunately I watched this on Sky and the coverage was pretty poor. The one motorcycle camera followed the break and we saw little of the bunch. I should have meade the effort and gone 30 miles to see it.

demoff [327 posts] 5 years ago

Tony there were only 31 finishers in the Mens race and it was a war of attrition could you not amend your list from Top 30 to all Finishers or Top 31 and include Alistair Kay of York Cyclewoks who was 31st.

Tony Farrelly [2840 posts] 5 years ago

Yes, fair point demoff… Alistair is in

demoff [327 posts] 5 years ago

Nice one Tony, he deserves a mention.

Blackhound [432 posts] 5 years ago

The course must have been tough for so few people to make the selection. Felt for the underdog Nicole in the wome's race, 3v1 was never good odds but you could she was trying everything she could.